Yes, I am still sick, and yes!!!! I weighed 241 this morning. Thrilled to pieces! But quite sick. This head cold is pretty bad. I have no appetite but today, in my weak, sick state, I made some killer soup that has me starting to feel better already! Thought I would share my magic chicken soup for when you are sick, and need mega-nutrition without a lot of calories. It helped clear up my congested sinuses. This is comfort in a mug!
Take a rotisserie chicken (mine came from Walmart, you can use any leftover roasted chicken carcass). Take off most of the meat and set it aside for something else.
Throw the bones and skin into a big pot. Cover the carcass (just barely) with water. Add a big handful of baby carrots, or 2 big carrots washed and cut in chunks. Throw in a celery stalk or two, with the leaves, cut in big pieces. Add half a large onion in big chunks. Add 4 (or more) garlic cloves cut in half. (Notice: I was way too sick to be prepping and chopping veggies, so I literally threw in all this stuff in huge 4" pieces.) Add a bay leaf, a teaspoon of thyme if you have it, generous black pepper, a small dash of cayenne, a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon or so of dried parsley, and a couple of slices of fresh ginger root. Cover and simmer for 2-3 hours.
Use a slotted spoon to remove all the stuff from the pot, and discard it. Strain the remaining broth through a mesh sieve to get all the pieces of stuff out. A lot of the onion and garlic will have dissolved into the broth, mmmm. All of the nutrition from the veggies is now in that lovely broth. Skim off all the fat from the broth and discard. (Or, pour the broth into a big glass bowl, let it stand for a few minutes so all the fat rises to the top, and then use a turkey baster to suck all the nonfat broth out from under the fat layer). Put your nonfat broth back in the pan and bring to a simmer. Put about 2-3T of cornstarch in a half cup of cold water and stir with a fork til smooth, and then add to the broth. Stir with a whisk and simmer a few minutes. Add in a cup or so of the reserved pieces of cooked chicken, and a splash of half and half. (Yes, you can leave this out, or use fat free, but I like the creaminess it gives, and since I defatted the broth I feel fine using it. I used maybe 3-4T half and half in the pot). Remove from heat. Add salt to taste, or add water if it is too strong.
Yum yum, this is great stuff. Enjoy!
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